Goverment funding priorities for PE in schools is unclear and unfair - Kathleen Funchion TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Education and Skills, Kathleen Funchion, says the Government has unclear priorities for PE funding allocation for schools.
Dúirt Teachta Funchion ar maidin:
"The criteria for schools being allocated capital funding is becoming more and more obscure.
"The current Government seem to expect schools to be able to provide a suitable and beneficial PE curriculum for students with completely inadequate facilities.
"They have introduced PE as an Leaving Cert exam subject but now refuse to provide the resources that schools need to implement the curriculum in full.
"This is while schools, who already had state of the art facilities and are private fee paying schools, being awarded grants of up to €150,000 through the sports capital grant this year while other state funded schools have PE halls with the roof falling in or no PE facilities at all.
"How are students who attend a state run school expected to do as well in this exam as those who can afford to attend a fee paying school for example?
"The priorities of this Government are becoming more and more obscure instead of transparent and fair."